Press 2012

Mynt PR: 35 Delicious Pieces of PR Advice for You to Eat Up. Yummm. 

August 25, 2012 – As public relations and marcom professionals, we have all gotten advice from some pretty savvy minds throughout our careers. Whether in school, your first job, or late into your career there is probably one nugget of advice that someone told you that has stuck with you to this day. Read More


Mercury News: A la Carte: Vivafest hosts ‘Like Water for Chocolate’ dinner

September 5, 2012 – It’s been 20 years since the sumptuous scenes in “Like Water for Chocolate” sent filmgoers straight from the theater in search of a great Mexican meal. To mark the anniversary, Vivafest, a celebration of Mexican arts and culture, will hold a chocolate tasting, film screening and gala dinner. Read More


USA Today – Rhonda Abrahams: Strategies: Season of good tidings, great revenue here

October 10, 2012 – The calendar says October, but for small businesses, the holidays already have arrived. While every season is important, for many small companies the winter holidays can represent half their annual sales. So it’s time to start planning. Read More

_______________________________________________________________________________ Christmas Tamales

November 1, 2012 – According to Darlene Tenes, a professional event planner and the founder of CasaQ, for most Mexican and Latino homes…”Christmas isn’t Christmas without making and eating tamales.” Darlene should know this, after all, her San Jose based  CasaQ is renown for planning festive and creative Hispanic events, which incorporate the traditions and customs of Spain, Mexico and Latin America. Read More


Nerd Wallet: Christmas Planning and Preparations for Small Businesses

December 7, 2012 – For small merchants and indie retailers, the holiday season can be a great opportunity to build a brand, get in front of more consumers and drive sales. But there can also be a lot at stake – many small business owners depend on Christmas sales to end the year strong. Read More


NBC Latino: 5 gift ideas made by Latinos

December 11, 2012 –  Darlene Tenes is a Mexican-American who has a successful marketing and events company called CasaQ, and has also reinvented Christmas ornaments. “One Christmas [2007] I just wanted to put Latino ornaments on the tree, so I decided to make Sancho Snowman and Pancho Claus,” says Tenes who also includes a legend card with history behind her ornaments. Read More


Latin Kitchen: Latino Holiday Gifts

December 16, 2012 – Chocolate Raspberry Tamale: “I love this tamale because it is so tasty, easy to make and a real crowd-pleaser!” says creator Darlene Tenes. Read More


Fox Latino: CasaQ Christmas Ornaments: Darlene Tenes Celebrates All Year Round

December 21, 2012 – For Darlene Tenes, it’s Christmas all year round. Her successful CasaQ ornament line is a one-stop-shop for those folks looking for that perfect culturally relevant decoration. Perhaps it was because her father, grandfather, and uncle were all bullfighters in Mexico that Tenes is the tenacious woman she is. Read More